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SB 5940 - Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits - Key Vote

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Mike Armstrong voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (53-45) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends health care benefits for public school employees.

Highlights:
  • Requires the following conditions to be met when school districts offer employer contributions for optional benefit plans (Sec. 2):
    • Employees are paying a minimum premium charge on their medical coverage;
    • The richer the benefits an employee receives, the higher the premium they pay.
  • Requires school districts that offer employees medical, vision, and dental benefits to (Sec. 3):
    • Offer a high deductible health plan option with a health savings account;
    • “Make progress” to ensure that full family coverage premium options are not more than three times the single coverage premium options;
    • Offer at least one health benefit plan that is not a high deductible health plan offered in conjunction with a health safety account in which the employee's share of the premium cost does not exceed the share of the premium cost paid by state employees.
  • Requires school districts and benefit providers to annually comply with data reporting requirements, which are submitted to the State's insurance commissioner (Sec. 4).
  • Prohibits individual and joint local government self-insured health and welfare benefits programs that do not comply with the data reporting requirements from operating within the State (Sec. 9).
  • Requires the following conditions to be met when school districts offer employer contributions for optional benefit plans (Sec. 2):
    • Employees are paying a minimum premium charge on their medical coverage; and
    • The richer the benefits an employee receives, the higher premium he or she must pay.
  • Requires school districts that offer employees medical, vision, and dental benefits to do the following (Sec. 3):
    • Offer a high deductible health plan option with a health savings account;
    • “Make progress” to ensure that full family coverage premium options are not more than 3 times the single coverage premium options;
    • Offer at least 1 health benefit plan that is not a high deductible health plan offered in conjunction with a health safety account, in which the employee's share of the premium cost does not exceed the share of the premium cost paid by state employees.
  • Requires school districts and benefit providers to annually comply with data reporting requirements, which are submitted to the State's insurance commissioner (Sec. 4).
  • Prohibits individual and joint local government self-insured health and welfare benefits programs that do not comply with the data reporting requirements from operating within the State (Sec. 9).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

NOTE: THIS BILL WAS VOTED ON DURING A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (25-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends health care benefits for public school employees.

Highlights:
  • Requires the following conditions to be met when school districts offer employer contributions for optional benefit plans (Sec. 2):
    • Employees are paying a minimum premium charge on their medical coverage;
    • The richer the benefits an employee receives, the higher the premium they pay.
  • Requires school districts that offer employees medical, vision, and dental benefits to (Sec. 3):
    • Offer a high deductible health plan option with a health savings account;
    • “Make progress” to ensure that full family coverage premium options are not more than three times the single coverage premium options;
    • Offer at least one health benefit plan that is not a high deductible health plan offered in conjunction with a health safety account in which the employee's share of the premium cost does not exceed the share of the premium cost paid by state employees.
  • Requires school districts and benefit providers to annually comply with data reporting requirements, which are submitted to the State's insurance commissioner (Sec. 4).
  • Prohibits individual and joint local government self-insured health and welfare benefits programs that do not comply with the data reporting requirements from operating within the State (Sec. 9).
  • Requires the following conditions to be met when school districts offer employer contributions for optional benefit plans (Sec. 2):
    • Employees are paying a minimum premium charge on their medical coverage; and
    • The richer the benefits an employee receives, the higher premium he or she must pay.
  • Requires school districts that offer employees medical, vision, and dental benefits to do the following (Sec. 3):
    • Offer a high deductible health plan option with a health savings account;
    • “Make progress” to ensure that full family coverage premium options are not more than 3 times the single coverage premium options;
    • Offer at least 1 health benefit plan that is not a high deductible health plan offered in conjunction with a health safety account, in which the employee's share of the premium cost does not exceed the share of the premium cost paid by state employees.
  • Requires school districts and benefit providers to annually comply with data reporting requirements, which are submitted to the State's insurance commissioner (Sec. 4).
  • Prohibits individual and joint local government self-insured health and welfare benefits programs that do not comply with the data reporting requirements from operating within the State (Sec. 9).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

NOTE: THIS VOTE RECONSIDERS A PREVIOUS VOTE.

NOTE: THIS BILL WAS VOTED ON DURING A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (29-17) -
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits

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